July 29, 1964 — March 14, 2017
Alicia A. Hess, 52, of Astoria, lost her battle with cancer at home, peacefully, on March 14, 2017.
She was born in Astoria, on July 29, 1964, the daughter to Jim and Jane Hill. She spent her childhood enjoying 4-H as a “Trailblazer,” showing Morgan horses and winning high awards throughout the Western U.S. as a junior rider. A proud member of the Oregon Morgan, and American Morgan Association, she enjoyed taking neighborhood kids for rides. Her close bond with school friend, Robin, and other Knappa classmates, lasted her lifetime.
Alicia married Sam Hess at the United Methodist Church on July 12, 1985. During their 32 years of marriage together, they loved sneaking away for massages and food adventures, long drives on logging roads and rooting for the Ducks while visiting their children at college.
She completed her dental training at Tongue Point Job Corps Center, and had a long career as a dental assistant to Dr. Pedersen, Dr. Carneiro, and as an oral surgeon assistant to Dr. Malmquist, sharing her upbeat attitude alongside her fellow “Tooth Fairies.” She and her husband were co-owners of a bagel shop in Astoria and Long Beach, Washington, rehabbed a double-decker food bus that traveled along the Northwest Coast, and she was the proud maker of Astoria’s Caramel Crack Corn, along with her son.
Alicia was a strong member of Gateway Community Church, in Hammond, Oregon, and enjoyed spreading God’s love by doing mission work in Mexico and Thailand. She loved cooking with her many friends and “Whisking Chicks.” She was always the life of the party and a risk taker, going skydiving twice and nearly breaking her tailbone, as she was determined to land on the bullseye, even though she was going too fast on her descent from the plane.
“Momma Hess” was always hosting impromptu visits from friends and family from around the globe. You always knew you could pop in to say “Hi,” and that you’d have a great meal, bed and a lot of laughs. Her last few years were committed to being a fun “Jamma” to her two grandsons; which she was one of the best! She retired and dedicated herself to them, teaching them sign language, a love for books, the importance of manners and prayers and the joy of getting a little dirt on your hands when you have a full day of playing outside.
She was known for her capacity to be friends with many types of people, all of whom felt like they could call her “family.” She loved big, and blessed all of us with her positive energy, zest for life and motto, to always “be good to each other.”
Alicia is survived by her husband, Sam Hess, of Astoria; daughter, Krysta Houseknecht (Damian) of Bay Center; son, Steven Hess of Astoria; grandsons, Sawyer and Sven Houseknecht of Bay Center; mother, Jane (Maki) Hill of Svensen; brother, Jim R. Hill (Wendy) of Reedsport; parents-in-law, Carol and Dan Hess and sister-in-law, Tina Hess, all of Astoria; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her father, James M. Hill, of Astoria, in 2015.
Her celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m., at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Astoria, Oregon, with a reception to follow.
Memorial donations may be made to North Coast Christian School, P.O. Box 188, Hammond, OR 97121.